Repairs and old-age categorisations: interactional and categorisation analysis

Charalambidou, Anna ORCID logoORCID: (2019) Repairs and old-age categorisations: interactional and categorisation analysis. Linguistics Vanguard: A Multimodal Journal for the Language Sciences, 5 (s2) , 20180025. ISSN 2199-174X [Article] (doi:10.1515/lingvan-2018-0025)

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This paper examines the use of self-repairs in ascribing old-age categorisations to self and others in casual interactions among friends. Membership categorisation analysis and conversation analysis are employed to analyse self-recorded, everyday conversations of a group of older Greek Cypriot women with a long interactional history. The interactional organisation of old-age labels, and specifically instances of self-repair of age categorisations, reveal that members orient to old-age categories as hierarchically positioned and inference-rich. Members make relevant a very intricate set of expectations of who can be categorised by whom, with what specific age category term and at which context, partly because other-categorisations can also implicate one’s self-categorisation as old. Sequential and categorisation analyses provide a powerful analytical toolkit for the investigation of participants’ local system of self- and other-ascription of explicit -but also implicit- age identities. It is shown that the combination of membership categorisation analysis and conversation analysis can be extended beyond the analysis of turn-generating categories and can be instrumental in analysing flexible, context-shaped and agentively managed category identifications that also have currency beyond the local interactional occasion.

Item Type: Article
Keywords (uncontrolled): Language and aging; membership categorisation; conversation analysis; repairs; age identities; Cypriot Greek
Research Areas: A. > School of Media and Performing Arts > Media > English Language and Literature
Item ID: 26579
Notes on copyright: This is an Accepted Manuscript of an article published by De Gruyter in Linguistics Vanguard. The final publication is available at, DOI:
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Depositing User: Anna Charalambidou
Date Deposited: 14 May 2019 12:44
Last Modified: 09 Jun 2022 14:07

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